Facebook will turn off its facial recognition system. This was announced on Tuesday by Meta Platforms, of which Facebook is affiliated.
Agence France-Presse and The Associated Press reported this.
The move, which will affect more than one billion users, follows a claim by a former Facebook data analyst that its products are harmful to children and polarize society in the United States.
“More than a third of daily active Facebook users use facial recognition to identify themselves. Removing this feature will erase digital facial recognition templates for over a billion users.”
“This change will be one of the largest shifts in the use of facial recognition in the history of this technology,” Jerome Bisenti, Meta Vice President of Artificial Intelligence, said in a blog post on Tuesday.
Facebook has long limited the use of facial recognition, which it introduced more than a decade ago. In 2019, Facebook stopped using face recognition software to recognize users’ friends in added photos, as well as automatically suggesting them to tag their friends in photos.
The CEO of the American company, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced last Thursday, that the name of his company will be changed to Meta. It’s part of his effort to include in the company’s name his vision of virtual reality for the future, which Zuckerberg calls a metaversion. When it comes to rebranding the company to Meta, AFP has warned that not all of its social networks, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp apps will change their name. Only the parent company will change it.
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